Abide | Week of prayer and fasting

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
– John 15:8 NIVUK

We hope you’re as excited as we are about abiding more deeply in the Lord as we pray and fast together from 23 to 29 January! 

We’ve given extra intentionality to creating opportunities for children and families to engage in this year’s content. You can find links below to download and print as many additional children’s activity pages as you need. 

And keep scrolling for an overview of the week and what’s in store. 🍇 

Daily devotionals

Set time aside each day to journey through our daily devotional – in your personal time or together as a family. 

  • Hardcopy booklet available at church reception from 20 January 
  • E-version available for download by clicking here >> 
  • Printable version available for download by clicking here >> 

Online morning prayer

Start each morning together in prayer from 06:00 to 06:45.
Join in on Zoom by following this link >>. 

Fast food

No. We don’t mean fast food (as in, Nando’s, KFC, or McDonald’s 😉) … we mean let’s fast our food for the week, family. We voluntarily reduce or eliminate food intake for a specific time and purpose when we fast. 

There are different ways to fast, and it’s important to seek God (and, where necessary, your health practitioner) when choosing which type and time of fast to follow. 

  • Normal fast: No food, water only. 
  • The Daniel fast: Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. 
  • Partial fast: This could mean fasting certain meals of the day or abstaining from certain foods (for example, no meat or sweets, soup only, fruit and vegetables only).

     

Fasting plus prayer: Remember, fasting should be combined with prayer. God calls us to both fast and pray. If you are fasting a certain meal of the day, use the time you would normally be eating to pray. The combination of prayer and fasting is a powerful way to focus on seeking God for breakthroughs and answers to prayer. 

Fasting and abstinence: Although the word “fast” is used as abstaining from food in the Bible and does not refer to giving up other things, during a fast, one can practice abstinence from other pleasures, such as fasting social media, entertainment, etc.

Lunchtime worship

12:30-13:15 | Monday to Friday | Prayer Room 

Live, contemplative worship to keep your focus directed on Him. Especially organised during lunch breaks … because we’re fasting food, right? (We’ve got your back, family. 🤗) 

Evening prayer gatherings

Monday and Wednesday, 19:30 | Onsite 

Let’s pray together, in person, as a community. We’d love to see as many of you here as possible.

Prayer walk

Our prayer walk is a short, engaging one – created especially with groups and families in mind. It starts on the grass outside our main entrance. So wear your comfy shoes and come ready to dig a little deeper into fruitfulness.

Prayer room

Our prayer room is open from 06:00 to 20:00 – a thin space to meet with the Lord in prayer. Children, there’s a nook in the prayer room, especially for you!

Sunday gathering

Let’s end the week together as a church community, with hearts and lives ready for fruitfulness on our frontlines! Sunday, 29 January, at 10:00, as usual. 

May this week of prayer and fasting be a rich time of abiding in the Vine and result in us bearing much fruit this coming year.

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